MAKING A BOWIE KNIFE WITH TWIST DAMASCUS!!! Part 1

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  • Published on May 3, 2018
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  • UStinman 84
    UStinman 84 3 days ago

    Your work is amazing Your videos of the best Unbelievable content Thanks for sharing

  • russ533mj
    russ533mj 3 days ago

    Plugging Liam on your channel......good show!

  • smith8926
    smith8926 9 days ago

    How about doing a twist with a tear drop pattern?

  • Zoekagames
    Zoekagames 10 days ago

    do you even twist bro

  • Hdjd Bdjd
    Hdjd Bdjd 10 days ago

    Is the flaking bad ?

  • Ben Nixey
    Ben Nixey 11 days ago

    can anyone tell me how I can get one of Alec's hammers. i checked the wedsite but couldn't find anything other than shirts and mugs and stuff like that.

  • Logan Ketron
    Logan Ketron 15 days ago

    He always uses WAY too much steel....

  • mark jackson
    mark jackson 16 days ago

    your videos have easily become some of my favorites to watch

  • Dmitry Lipert
    Dmitry Lipert 17 days ago +1

    What is the white powder you always put on Damascus? Sorry if I sound stupid, I'm curious.

    • Tychohuybers
      Tychohuybers 5 days ago

      It's flux, it's used when forge welding because if a piece of steel is covered in the stuff, it can't oxidize.
      If you don't use it, your damascus probably won't even forge weld, but if it does, you'll be left with a very clear black line between two layers.

  • that kid
    that kid Month ago

    You should challenge yourself by making a Damascus sword

  • hans DE SMET
    hans DE SMET Month ago

    What about a Napoleontic Saber....?

  • Anti Antifa terrier

    I think my favorite thing about these videos is watching the scale flake off.....hahahahaha @ 8:18 just as I’m typing this Alec said his favorite thing is watching the scale flake off😄

  • Nicolas Mureau
    Nicolas Mureau Month ago

    Just a question for anyone that could know : is there a French translated version of the "Forged" book ? I'd love to read it but i'm not THAT familiar with reading in English, as a Frenchie who reads almost every book in French (the only exception would be like, Harry Potter or something) Thanks to anyone who can answer this, else i'm just gonna buy it anyway but yeah it'd be perfect to have a full understanding of it so it can guide me to my dream of being a good blacksmith. Also thanks for all the content u make Alec Steele, i've joigned ur channel for a little while now and everything u do is inspiring me for the future so thank you very much cuz u make me closer and closer of my dream by making me learn alot of things on blacksmithing :D

  • Tyger Potter
    Tyger Potter Month ago

    WHAT is that song?!
    MUST add to Work Music!!

  • matthew clark
    matthew clark Month ago

    Why wouldn't you have milled the steel before surface grinding it it would have drastically cut down on the time

  • Allen Morris
    Allen Morris Month ago

    Damn Austen powers had a kid!!!

  • Phat Horse
    Phat Horse Month ago

    All I see is giant hot Cheetos, twisted steel looks delicious.

  • Chaos Cocoa
    Chaos Cocoa Month ago

    Man, those medieval screws sure are different than the kind we use today.

  • Isus Nazarećanin
    Isus Nazarećanin Month ago

    I gotta say those are some damn amazing shots on the twisting action, VERY good camera angle, background and focus, I loved it so much

  • Johns Thomas
    Johns Thomas Month ago

    i would spend all day trying to create damascus knifes if i could afford the tools

  • KOMODOR
    KOMODOR Month ago

    This guy looks like Harry Potter, but its manlier then Hulk Hogan.. Great craftsmanship!!

  • The First
    The First Month ago

    ما اسم الماده التي ترشها على الحديد عندما تحميه

  • Loff
    Loff Month ago

    Bowuie Knife

  • atarBaktar
    atarBaktar 2 months ago

    ROFL...I have been watching your videos for a good while now..and as the man who "wrote the books" (literally) on doing pattern welded steel..all I can say is..(as W. Churchill would say) K.B.O. .. I love your general "attitude" ..as I was pretty much the same way you are when I was waaay back when... So all in all..keep on chivying on...as they say,,,, BRAVO!!!
    FAB.. Dr.. Jim Hrisoulas

  • Pete Wood
    Pete Wood 2 months ago

    Great stuff

  • Shane Osborne
    Shane Osborne 2 months ago

    Damascus can you meteorite?

  • Karol Ciezkiewicz
    Karol Ciezkiewicz 2 months ago

    Alec... why you're not using your awesome lathe to do all that twisting?

  • TheW3lshGamer
    TheW3lshGamer 2 months ago

    NOW THAT'S A KNOIFFE

  • Raxor
    Raxor 2 months ago

    ginger!! argh.. the soulless blacksmith

  • tachikoma10101011
    tachikoma10101011 2 months ago

    sometimes when you close your eyes with your glasses on you look like an old lady. Love the videos btw keep it up sir.

  • ravensong75
    ravensong75 2 months ago

    Is the stuff falling off when you twist it pieces of metal?

  • Wilson Story
    Wilson Story 2 months ago

    This man starts with Smithing 100 in Skyrim.

  • Tomasz Wójcik
    Tomasz Wójcik 2 months ago

    I think, you love the steel.

  • Tomasz Wójcik
    Tomasz Wójcik 2 months ago

    Madness as usual! But I love that!

  • Sniper Life17
    Sniper Life17 2 months ago

    What is the powder you use to join the metal together

  • Vade Death
    Vade Death 2 months ago +1

    What if you make a special drill bit and use a very powerful drill to twist the metal

  • MUSIC_ANIME _COVER
    MUSIC_ANIME _COVER 2 months ago

    Counter clock wise not anti clock wise hahaha lmao

  • p0w3r cr3at0r
    p0w3r cr3at0r 2 months ago

    It doesn't even take that long

  • Ian Hanley
    Ian Hanley 3 months ago

    I enjoy this guy’s smithing but I find his enthusiasm too much 😂

  • TheFreshprinceofcali
    TheFreshprinceofcali 3 months ago

    Newbie here, what is all that stuff flaking off when he is twisting the metal?

  • SkaReKrow GX
    SkaReKrow GX 4 months ago

    I'm not a blacksmith I'm a machinist and I would suggest next Tim square the stock on the mill then kiss it in square on the surface grinder

  • Mohamed Hanafy
    Mohamed Hanafy 4 months ago

    Any new vids

  • Matthew McDonnell
    Matthew McDonnell 4 months ago

    There has to be an easier way to make churros?!!??!

  • Isaiah Stimson
    Isaiah Stimson 5 months ago

    The scale falling off is so satisfing

  • Screenplay Gamer
    Screenplay Gamer 5 months ago

    What is the stuff coming off the metal when he twists it and is it possible to reforge the stuff that comes off into a tool or blade or something?

  • snowmanak1
    snowmanak1 5 months ago

    its amazing how you are switching so constantly between Mig/Tig/Arc, and are able to do them so consistently well, even after periods of not using them. i had started with Tig welding, then went to experimented and practiced with MIG, tried switching back and definitely had to have a few practice beads.
    Side note: have you tried oxy-acetylene welding for layering your damascus metals? or even just to try it out? it feels very similar to TIG welding, just no foot pedal.
    Great Videos!

  • Kilroy Was Here
    Kilroy Was Here 5 months ago

    Playing Twist and Shout while you were twisting the steel, that was a nice touch

  • Adrian King
    Adrian King 5 months ago

    Love your videos , you remind me of a cross between Tin Tin and a mad scientist ! I’ve been a welder fabricator and engineer for 35 years so I see that you have a high skill level , well done keep it up ! The herring bone pattern was common in Viking, Saxon and ancient briton swords ⚔️ they just drew the bar out , twisted it and put it together alternating the twists interlocking them , one sloping up and the other sloping down without grinding them flat as the ridges interlock to each other whilst being forged , but the swordmaker cleaned the slag and scale off them first as you would , Hope this helps and keep it up you’re amazing for a youngster !

  • Tom Vapes
    Tom Vapes 5 months ago

    Watching the scale fall off with twisting is surprisingly relaxing lol

  • LilMeln
    LilMeln 5 months ago

    You should use the scale that comes off the steel for knife scales , mix the dust with resin . Thatd be a cool project

  • Will Wade
    Will Wade 5 months ago

    You could have rough milled those bars first to cut the time.

  • Will Wade
    Will Wade 5 months ago

    If you had a metal lathe you could twist those easily.

  • Mateo López
    Mateo López 6 months ago

    What a badass

  • Human Being
    Human Being 6 months ago

    The forbidden redvine

  • Tank JoyRide
    Tank JoyRide 6 months ago

    alec get jaymee a tripod you need a hand when you twist steel seriously

  • jukebox symposium
    jukebox symposium 7 months ago

    What is a good start up strategy, buy/build furnace, buy/build hammers, buy/build anvils, etc...

  • Scott Fawcett
    Scott Fawcett 7 months ago

    Never Change man, I am hooked on watch you create masterpieces!!

  • DanGoodShot pewpew
    DanGoodShot pewpew 7 months ago

    WHY? Do all youtubers say "us, we and we're" instead of "I, me and I'm". It's not like anyone is there with him(cameraman excluded). By time anyone is watching this that thing has long been done. Crazy man. Just crazy.

  • yoyo699's Channel
    yoyo699's Channel 7 months ago

    Why did i think the thumbnail was a rack of ribs to begin with ahaha

  • Cale Crenshaw
    Cale Crenshaw 7 months ago

    Never heard it referred is anti clockwise, heard counter clockwise

  • Benjamin Collins
    Benjamin Collins 7 months ago

    Hey @alecsteele Big fan of Bowies Big fan of You! Keep up the wonderful work you do

  • Tainted Knight
    Tainted Knight 8 months ago

    Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the work shop © Alec Steele

  • Kalle Kivelä
    Kalle Kivelä 8 months ago

    Why do you allways work from so much metal

  • DrFruityLoops
    DrFruityLoops 8 months ago

    When does he not make damascus stuff like I get it looks cool but it gets old

  • Pankaj Chouhan vlog
    Pankaj Chouhan vlog 8 months ago

    Use leth machine to rotate them easily

  • rotary mania
    rotary mania 8 months ago

    I'd love to be a blacksmith suck a badass and historical art

  • Robert Ford
    Robert Ford 8 months ago

    You should do a Damascus blade with a color metal mixed in. Like brass or copper or something.

  • Frank
    Frank 8 months ago

    With as much steel as you stack for Damascus, why haven't you built a stacking/welding jig for this task?

  • Lucas Conner
    Lucas Conner 8 months ago +1

    not going to lie, when I saw the thumb nail i thought *grilled hotdogs with mustard oo*

  • ThatsStraight UpBullshit

    i've the most respect for you. Thats hard work

  • Cordestian
    Cordestian 8 months ago

    "so these pieces should no- oh they're still hot" 😂

  • John Nicholas
    John Nicholas 8 months ago

    So clockwise and anticlockwise wouldn't that just be upside down?

  • John Nicholas
    John Nicholas 8 months ago

    So clockwise and anticlockwise wouldn't that just be upside down?

  • Richard Hansloe
    Richard Hansloe 9 months ago

    You look like the little weird brother on Malcom in the middle. On roids, but your channel is great on mute!

  • John Blood
    John Blood 9 months ago

    Oi! you have a license to make that knoife!?

  • Hunter's Moon
    Hunter's Moon 9 months ago

    Is the knife going to be called David?

  • Michael Bacon
    Michael Bacon 9 months ago

    Hey Alex Steele I'm a new subscriber and was so seeing if you could do a piece for me????? Was curious about a straight razor and if you have done them.

  • HazarDemon
    HazarDemon 9 months ago

    Alec how much would it cost to have a custom made knife made by you?

  • Matz_
    Matz_ 9 months ago

    AMAZING and very interesting video

  • Edrick Theo
    Edrick Theo 9 months ago

    damascus chef knive please

  • Bobby Blair
    Bobby Blair 9 months ago

    It is so satisfying to watch the scale pop off of freshly twisted damascus, ain't it guys?

  • Colton Huskinson
    Colton Huskinson 9 months ago

    This dude's stuff is awesome. Been binge watching all weekend.

  • brancobilli samurai
    brancobilli samurai 9 months ago

    vejo seus vídeos mais não consigo entender o q vc está falando

  • Rc51 Fun
    Rc51 Fun 9 months ago

    do u sell your knifes,that is beautiful

  • MPunkt PPunkt
    MPunkt PPunkt 9 months ago

    Really good job with editing

  • buzzman 8420
    buzzman 8420 9 months ago

    I really enjoy your videos man. Man you inspire me to do more stuff like this.

  • Habuuskii
    Habuuskii 9 months ago

    This is so dramatic

  • Razgriz
    Razgriz 9 months ago

    needs to twist a little less

  • Snorri Ö.K.
    Snorri Ö.K. 10 months ago

    Don't know if you'll ever read this or if you've already figured out a way, but I wanted to ask if you can make half moon dice for the press, to evenly squeeze-weld a jelly roll damascus together? Like when you'd use an angle iron one to squeeze a canned damascus together. Just a thought.

  • Adarsh Hegde
    Adarsh Hegde 10 months ago

    Those red hot twists look soo cool😍

  • toomdog
    toomdog 10 months ago

    Need to get pumped up to twist some steel? Listen to The Beatles, you can't go wrong.
    Come to think of it, you can't ever really go wrong with The Beatles.

  • Davis Tuck
    Davis Tuck 10 months ago

    Watching the forge scale fall off is really satisfying

  • Domenic Cavazza
    Domenic Cavazza 10 months ago

    Everyone screenshot at 3:00

  • Lunger77
    Lunger77 10 months ago

    So you mentioned a few months ago we needed to remind you when you needed to clean 9:03

  • Frank Yandle
    Frank Yandle 10 months ago

    Closeups are spectactular!

  • Ahmet YALÇINKAYA
    Ahmet YALÇINKAYA 10 months ago

    Look. My beloved friend first of all i must say you are the one of most talented 3 blacksmith in youtube. Your video qualify is pretty high. But please I am bagging you don't make your crafting videos like 5 episode. Do it in 1 episode or 2. Otherwise we are getting bored. Please, you are so talented. Think about it 🤔

  • HippoandBear Makes
    HippoandBear Makes 10 months ago

    Love the video! Love the energy you bring!

  • Nikko Banjo
    Nikko Banjo 10 months ago

    I like what u make....but why do talk soooooooooooooo much? Just stick to the work. One knife is like 10 episodes

  • Toxikpar adis
    Toxikpar adis 10 months ago

    - 00:14

  • brad watson
    brad watson 10 months ago

    Mate I never had any interest in metalwork/blacksmithing, yet here I bloody am, hours and hours deep into your vids. Good work!